Tolls Expected to Increase Again

Tolls Expected to Increase Again

Tolls along the Pennsylvania Turnpike are expected to increase again in 2015.
PENNSYLVANIA - If you travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike, you could be seeing an increase yet again next year at the tolls.

The official increase amount won't be known until July, but it's likely that 2015 will be the seventh straight year the Turnpike Commission will be raising tolls.

PennDOT officials say the toll increases are essential to funding the Turnpike Commission's construction projects and widening the highway.

But drivers don't like the idea. They say they're tired of seeing the tolls go up year after year.

"I like going on road trips and when you raise the tolls, for us people who are from out of town it kind of is a deterrent from leaving our areas and going to see new places," said Vlad McNeally, of Washington, D.C.

"Its not very economical for budgets like mine whenever we're trying to save resources to now have to face another price increase," said April Horton, of Pittsburgh.

The increase to cash tolls could be a way to push people to the EZ Pass, which is at least 30% cheaper. It also costs the Turnpike Commission less for EZ Pass transactions.

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